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Pasta Fagioli Soup

My husband enjoys my version of this dish so much that he doesn’t order it at restaurants anymore. With fresh spinach, pasta and seasoned sausage, this fast-to-fix soup is a meal on its own. —Brenda Thomas, Springfield, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed, crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, cut as desired
  • 5 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain, remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer.
  • Add the water, beans, tomatoes, broth, macaroni and pepper; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until macaroni is tender, 8-10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low; stir in sausage and spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted, 2-3 minutes. Garnish with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 228 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 841mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


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Average Rating:
    Feb 23, 2021

    This is a great recipe. Not only did my family love it but so did my co-workers. I have never learned how to make a small pot of soup so shared with everyone. I used gluten free pasta for some of my friends. You can use more seasoning or not it depends who I cook it for, I have made this three times so far and have not had anyone not like it. Thank you!

  • Patty
    Feb 22, 2021

    Great soup, a little bland for me so I added 1 Tablespoon of Italian Seasonings, that brought it to 5!

  • Moonbeam
    Feb 20, 2021

    Will definitely try this! It's chilly here today in the South and I think it'll be a great soup night! The only thing I won't use is the canola oil. It is very bad for your digestive system and hence I am very allergic to it. Unfortunately it is used in so many things. So will use olive oil.

  • Marge
    Feb 20, 2021

    I have yet to make this soup, and I will make it. It sounds delicious. I like to read all the reviews/comments before making any recipe. For those that say it’s not “soup” because there’s not enough broth, well, think about’re cooking pasta in it and that pasta sucks up all the liquid. Any cook should know that. I always cook my pasta or noodles separately in stock and ADD it to the “soup” for the very reason not to suck up all the liquid. BTW, all these nasty reviews are just that.....nasty. A recipe is SHARED here, for you to try if you want to. If you make it and share your changes, that’s one thing, but to knock someones “shared” recipe is wrong. Let that sink in......

  • Carol
    Feb 20, 2021

    Good quick recipe, but why ruin it with fake Italian sausage? Sooo...much better with the real stuff, made from pork!!!!

  • Donna
    Feb 13, 2021

    How do you get to be a recipe tester? I cook all the time,I’m good at it and I love trying out new recipes. We are also not fussy eaters and love most anything . Fairly advanced and adventurous

  • avonlady54555
    Feb 13, 2021

    This soup is nothing like Olive Garden's.

  • Linda
    Feb 12, 2021

    Could this be made in a crock pot?

  • Noah
    Jan 18, 2021

    Quick, easy, and delicious. Entire family loved it. I used Pinto Beans instead and it was still very tasty.

  • Leigh
    Jan 10, 2021

    My family loved this recipe and everyone felt satisfied after dinner. Great meal to feed my husband and son, they loved the Italian sausage in the soup. Thank you for sharing!!